Illustrated FURNITURE Glossary....... Desks

Kneehole desk

Although they appeared first in theQueen Anne era, kneehole desks, particularly blocked examples, are rather uncommon.

During the Chippendale period, the kneehole desk developed.

This innovative form, which made it easier to sit close to the desk, was especially popular in the Victorian period. Most Victorian examples have a flat top resting on 2 pedestals that contain drawers and storage areas.

The kneehole area is quite narrow, often only about 16" wide. They ,make rather nice dressing tables, and, indeed, some once served this purpose.

Photos and their arrangement © 2005 Chuck LaChiusa
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